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July 21 2018, 08:04 | Van Peters
Mohamed Salah well within his rights to turn on this cheeky World Cup mascot
Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy had produced two fine saves to stop Luis Suarez and another from Edinson Cavani before he was beaten by Gimenez, but he was still optimistic of their chances in the group.
The sight of so many empty seats on only the second day of the tournament did come as a shock, though, particularly after Russia's rousing 5-0 win in the opening game on Thursday and the positive messages Federation Internationale de Football Association and the Russian organisers have been pumping out about bumper ticket sales.
Uruguay head into the game with the focus on stars such as Luiz Suarez but with their World Cup hopes equally resting with veteran coach Oscar Tabarez, who is battling chronic illness.
Salah, undoubtedly the player to watch for Egypt in this year's World Cup is now available for his side after concerns about his fitness.
Unfortunately for Egypt, Salah was apparently not ready to go yet, leaving the team to face Uruguay, the toughest team they'll play in the group stage of the tournament, without their star player.
Salah's omission from the first XI is something of a surprise given Cuper's comments on Thursday, when he said: "We still have to see how training goes today, but I can nearly assure you 100 percent that he'll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch".
Photos from Egypt training suggested Salah required the help of team-mates to put on a shirt, adding to the doubt surrounding the situation. "I personally think we won!" said one user on Twitter in Arabic.